Jun 20, 2018-Portugal defeated a fighting Morocco 1-0 after an early Cristiano Ronaldo goal.
The 33-year-old opened the scoring for Portugal as he cleverly found some space inside the box and powered home a header.
“We´re nearly there (knockout stages) and then we´ll see”. ‘We knew how to suffer,’ he said.
United’s interest in Ronaldo is long-standing with it being no surprise that they would be interested should the legendary forward decide to leave Spain.
Portugal are now favourites to go through in Group B after drawing with Spain and beating Morocco, but it could come down to goal difference.
The defending European champions bested a scrappy Morocco side 1-0 on Tuesday, putting themselves in position to advance to the Round of 16 as long as they don’t lose to Iran in the final game of the group stage next Monday.
From a Joao Moutinho cross, Ronaldo glided effortlessly into space after selling Moroccan defender Manuel da Costa a dummy. “He´s constantly evolving, unlike regular players he´s always evolving”.
“Because of the individual that he is and because of the incredibly high standards that those two have set over the last few years”.
But luck simply wasn’t on Morocco’s side, and Portugal goalkeeper was on his game, making incredible saves like this. I’m not so sure they can, I am not sure if they are so strong defensively, okay when you’re brining on the likes of Higuain, you are strong, I’m just not sure defensively Argentina are strong enough, I don’t think we’ll see Messi lifting the trophy.
Of course, Ronaldo & Co. still need one more result to ensure passage to the next round. “The important thing is the Iran game”.
Santos said in a pre-World Cup press conference yesterday that his team has “to show Morocco respect because they are an excellent team”. “I´m very proud of my players, very proud of this country, very proud of everybody”. “We took a lot but we weren´t rewarded”. Portugal and Spain were both heavily favored to make it out of this group, so any scenario in which the two squads are pitted against each other is, frankly, the funniest scenario.
And he says the Danes are better team than world No.7 France, who pipped Australia 2-1 in the tournament opener.